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I started buying the yankee wax tarts around 6 months ago, I've now tried about 20 different fragrances and so far this one is my favourite.
It was the first one I ever tried, I knew I would like it as I love the smell of baby powder!
The wax tart is white and comes wrapped in cellophane, it has the name of the scent and a picture of it on the front of the packaging.
You can smell the fragrance of this wax tart very strongly through the packaging, and once you open it the scent is even stronger!
I always break the wax tarts into 4 bits, and find each bit lasts for around 6-8 hours. I've found this tart lasts the longest, at least 8 hours of fragrance, and I can always smell it around my house for ages after the candle has gone out.
The smell of this tart is really lovely, I think it smells exactly like baby powder.
It reminds me of when I was younger, my mum used to cover us in baby powder after a bath!
Although this tart has a strong fragrance I don't find it over powering at all, it has a very clean & fresh smell, i love it!
After hearing lots of good things about yankee candles, I decided to give them a try. I have been using them for about 6 months now & have to say I've become a bit obsessed with them!
I decided to get the wax tarts as I think they are the best value for money, I get them on Ebay for around £10 for 10. I normally break each tart into 4 pieces so I get a lot of use out of them!
I noticed there were a few new fragrances out so i decided to try this one- 'A Child's Wish.'
The scent is described as:
"A warm breeze of soft flowers and fresh green fields captures the sweet innocence of childhood days playing in the backyard."
As with all the yankee wax tarts this came tightly wrapped in cellophane, with the name & a picture of the fragrance. The actual tart is a light green colour.
I found this tart didn't smell that strong through the packaging, just had a nice subtle scent which I liked.
I put it in my oil burner & it took a while to get going, but once it did I thought it was a very pleasant smell. It's very light and fresh, and definitely not as strong as some of the other yankee wax tarts, but I really like it.
The smell reminds me a bit of freshly cut grass, & it smells a bit floral too, although I have no idea what type of flowers! I'm sure I can smell a hint of apple aswell.
I found the scent of this tart didn't last as long as I would have hoped, maybe only 2 or 3 hours, and didnt linger like some of the others do.
I have been using the tesco cucumber range of skincare products for a few months now, I'm quite impressed with them. I have tried the face wipes, the toner and the moisturiser aswell.
This facial wash is only 74p for 150ml!
The packaging is nothing special, just basic. Its white with green writing and a picture of some cucumber slices along the top.
I use it every morning in the shower, you only need a little squirt of it and it lathers up very well. The liquid is a clear colour and quite thick. I rub it into my face then rinse off under the shower, it rinses off very easily.
I think it has quite a plain smell, it smells fresh and clean, with just a hint of cucumber.
I would prefer it to smell a bit more like cucumber.
After I've used this my skin feels very clean and fresh.
I think this is a really good product for the price, I'm going to give it 4 stars as I prefer stronger smelling face washes, overall its very good value and I would definitely recommend it, especially if you are on a tight budget.
We have started buying quite a lot of the tesco value items, so I thought I would write some reviews on the things we buy most regularly.
This soft cheese comes in a 200g tub and currently costs 50p, I find like a lot of other tesco value products the price of this tends to go up and down quite a bit!
I'm sure it was only about 30p when I first started buying it, however for 50p I cant complain!
We always used to buy philadelphia soft cheese which I think is quite expensive, it costs around £1.75 for the same size pot as this, so its quite a big difference!
I noticed this value soft cheese in tesco one day & decided to try it, I'm glad I did! To me it tastes almost the same as philadelphia, maybe not quite as nice but its still great for the price!
I've tried a few other brands of soft cheese, supermarket own brands not value, and have to say I think this one is the nicest!
Its soft and easy to spread, and has a nice creamy taste to it.
I have it on crackers for lunch sometimes, and my children like it in a little bowl with some breadsticks to dip in it!
We also stir it into pasta with grated cheese on the top to make a quick and easy meal!
I would definitely recommend this product, and give it 5 stars!
We have started buying quite a lot of the tesco value items, so I thought I would write some reviews on the things we buy most regularly.
This apple juice comes in a 1 litre carton and is currently 62p.
The packaging is very plain and simple, a white and green carton with a big picture of an apple and smaller apples in the background.
It has an easy open and close spout, I much prefer this to the old style that you used to have to cut open with scissors.
The juice itself tastes absolutely fine. Sweet and refreshing just like apple juice should!
I dont really find it tastes any different to more expensive brands.
Its excellent value for only 62p, I buy 4 or 5 cartons a month to keep in the cupboard, then just get 1 out as I need it.
My children have a small glass each morning with their breakfast and they really like it too.
I would definitely recommend this to anyone, even if you are not on a tight budget, this is a great value, great tasting juice.
These chicken goujons are from tesco and cost £2.50 for a 275g packet.
I buy these quite often as my children love them!
They sometimes have them for dinner with chips and baked beans, or with rice and vegetables, or jacket potato and salad. They are very versatile!
My son loves them in a wrap with salad too.
We have also served these at parties before, with little pots of sauces, like ketchup, bbq sauce and mayonnaise to dip them in. They have always gone down well with the guests.
I have tried other brands of these before but found tesco ones to be the best, the texture is nice and the breadcrumbs are tasty too.
They only take about 10 minutes to cook so they are a quick and easy meal after a busy day.
You can freeze them too, which is very handy so you can keep a stock of them in the freezer!
I have noticed they also do southern fried and bbq flavour, we havent tried those ones yet, but they sound nice too!
My son, Kai, who is 6 absolutely loves board games, he would happily sit and play them all day!
He has lots of different ones but the 'orchard toys' ones are by far his favourite, and mine too!
I like them because they are good quality games, simple to play and very educational too!
You can normally get them for a reasonable price on amazon, the ones kai has have cost between £5-£8.
The first game he got was :
'POP TO THE SHOPS' -
This is probably Kai's favourite, he always asks to play this one!
Each player is a shop keeper, all players take it in turns to go around the board to the different shops to buy items they need for their shopping basket. This game comes with 50p, 20p and 10p coins which you use to buy your items. This game is good for role play as you have to politely ask the shop keeper for the item you need, you also need to count out your money to pay for the item so it's great for counting and adding up.
The winner is the first player to fill their basket.
I do like this game, but it does take a while to set up, and a long time to complete the game, I think younger children might get a bit bored or distracted waiting for the game to finish.
The recommended age range is 5-9 years which I think is about right.
This is a very simple game which involves rolling a dice to move around the board, each player has a bus that they need to fill with passengers. The number they throw on the dice is how many passengers they have to pick up, or let off the bus. Whoever has the most passengers left when they have been around the board is the winner!
This game is quick and easy to set up, and very easy to play.
Its great for counting and simple adding/subtracting.
The age range of this game states 4-8 years, which again I agree with. kai started playing this game when he was 4 and he still really enjoys it now.
'PASS THE WORD'
This is another simple but fun game.
There are cards which each have simple words on, and cards with letters on. All the letter cards are placed face down and players take it in turns to find the letters and spell out words. There is a sand timer included in this game & once it runs out the player has to pass the word to the next player, where they continue to look for the letters to spell out the word. The winner is the player who has completed the most words.
Kai really enjoys this game and he gets very competitive with it! Its quite an exciting game as players have to rush to find the letters before the timer runs out!
The recommended age on this game is 5-9 years, again I think that seems right.
Kai got this game for christmas and it's become another favourite!
This game is for up to 5 players. There are 5 different dishes to make which are - pizza, kebabs, shepherds pie, stir fry and cakes.
There are cards with pictures of all the ingredients needed for each meal which are placed face down.
Each player chooses a meal to make, then all you have to do is turn the cards over to collect all the ingredients and utensils needed for your meal.
Once you have all your ingredients ready you spin the spinner to get your plate, then you spin again to 'eat' your meal.
The age range of this game is 3-7 years, I think it is about right, although my 2 year old daughter sometimes joins in when we play this game & she enjoys it too!
This is good for teaching children about different types of food, and ingredients.
There are many other Orchard Toys games available, including :
Tell the time
Spotty dogs, and many more!
They also make puzzles aswell, but we don't yet have any of those so cant comment on them.
The board games we have by Orchard Toys have all been great fun, and brilliant quality.
They are very bright and colourful and illustrated really nicely too, I would certainly recommend them to anyone with young children, we have had hours of fun out of them!
The Grobag Egg is an egg shaped colour changing room thermometer.
I got one when my son was born so I could keep an eye on the temperature of his room, I found it especially useful as I am rubbish at judging the temperature, and was actually quite surprised how cool his room felt to me when it was at the recommended temperature.
The egg is very easy to use, just plug it in and it's ready to go!
The egg is yellow when its the correct temperature, then turns blue when it's too cold, or red when it's too hot.
This is good because it means you can instantly see if the temperature is ok just by poking your head around the door.
I think the egg shaped design of the thermometer looks good, & is quite funky and original, its lightweight too and doesn't take up a lot of space.
Also, another plus is that it makes a nice night light for the baby.
I got this 6 years ago and paid around £20, they are still about this price now, I think that price is quite reasonable for the re assurance it gives you, although there are cheaper room thermometers available I do like this one due to the look of it.
I have always used Fairy liquid to wash my dishes, I really find it lasts longer than any other brands I've tried, I've tried many others in the past, but for me nothing beats fairy!
I love all the different fragrances available but I think this one, green apple and lime blossom, is probably one of my favourites.
It's a very fresh, clean fragrance that smells mainly of apples but you get a hint of lime too, i think it smells lovely.
This liquid is quite thick compared to some other brands and you really do only need a tiny bit to create lots of bubbles, I find it washes my dishes very well and rinses off easily.
Also it doesn't dry my hands out at all, even though I seem to be constantly washing up!
I buy it in a 630ml bottle from tesco for £1.60, I'm happy with that price as that size bottle lasts me a month.
I've seen smaller bottles of it before in poundland and savers too.
I think this is a very good product that does it's job well.
My son, Kai who is 6 got this pop up pirate game for christmas.
It was a present so I don't know how much it was, but I've seen it in argos and toys r us before for around £10/£15.
It comes in a box with the barrel, pirate and 24 swords in 4 different colours.
Its for 2-4 players and recommended for ages 4 and upwards.
This game is very simple to play, you just have to twist the pirate figure into the top of the barrel, then each player takes it in turns to put their colour swords into the barrel until someone makes the pirate pop out!
My children find this game absolutely hilarious (as I used to when I was a child too!) they sit all excited, waiting for the pirate to pop out, then they scream when it does & roar with laughter!
Its a really fun & easy game to play, and good to play as a family. All 4 of us play this together which is nice, I like the fact that my daughter can join in too, even though she is only 2 she understands how to play it & really enjoys it.
I would recommend this game to anyone with young children, its great fun!
My children are 6 and 2, I have always used these platters at their birthday parties.
You get a pack of 5 for £2.50, which I think is really good value.
They are very strong considering the price. You can pile quite a lot of food onto them!
I normally use 3 for savoury things, such as mini sandwiches, mini sausages, scotch eggs, sausage rolls, slices of pizza and pieces of chicken, then the other 2 for lots of sweet treats like mini chocolate brownies, mini cupcakes, party rings and chocolate fingers.
They always look good set up on the table, and the best part is you can just throw them away with all the other rubbish at the end of the party! Makes clearing up very easy.
You probably could wash these and re use them again for another party, but I never bother as they are so cheap to just buy again.
I would definitely recommend these to anyone having a party, they do the job well and look good.
My son, Kai, had some money for his 6th birthday and had decided to buy a garage with it.
We looked on the early learning centre website and found this wooden garage on offer for £25!
When it arrived it was very easy and quick to put together, and looks really solid & strong.
It's nice and bright and looks very good quality.
This garage has 3 levels, 2 ramps, a helipad on top and a lift, to work the lift you just turn a little wheel up and down, its very easy to use, my 2 year old also plays with it and can manage to do it easily.
The garage has parking bays painted onto it, including disabled bays too.
It comes with 1 wooden car , a wooden helicopter and 2 wooden petrol pumps.
Kai really likes his garage and has played with it a lot, he has a lot of wooden trains and track and he now includes the garage as part of the huge train tracks he builds! He has quite a few matchbox type cars which fit well on the garage and in the lift.
The ramps do come off easily, which I've seen a lot of people mention, but it's not really a problem for us.
This is a well made and sturdy toy, my daughter is quite rough when she plays with it, and has sat on it a few times and bashed the cars up and down the ramps, but it still looks as good as new!
I think it will last for years to come.
I'm not sure if I would pay £50 for it but it's a great bargain for £25!
This was one of my daughter, Sofia's christmas presents. As soon as I saw these dolls in the disney store I knew she would love them! Her favourite film is tangled so I knew she would love the rapunzel one!
They are part of the Disney animators collection which shows all the princesses when they were young girls.
You can also get Sleeping beauty, Cinderella, Snow white, Belle, Ariel, Mulan, Princess Jasmine, Tiana,Pocahontas and Merida.
They are priced at £20 each, but near christmas they were on offer for £15 each. I had a voucher to get 20% off so I only ended up paying £12 which I think is a really good price, they look a lot more expensive than they are!
As they were such a good price I couldn't resist getting her belle too! She now watches beauty and the beast a lot so I'm glad I chose that one.
Sofia really adores this doll, its one of her favourites, she sits it on her lap while she watches tangled :)
The doll comes presented in a lovely box which features sketches by the disney animators.
It's a really beautiful well made doll, it's very good quality and very detailed.
Rapunzel is quite a big doll, she's approx 40cm tall. She has 43cm of blond hair, & huge green eyes, she's really cute and pretty. She has a purple dress with satin ribbon on it, and attached to her arm is a soft pascal toy.
Her hair had a coating on it a bit like hair spray, but it easily brushed out & now feels softer. As her hair is very long I decided to plait it to stop it from getting tangled! Tangled, get it!? hee hee!
I would recommend this doll to anyone. It would make a lovely present for any disney princess fan!
I got this Lila doll for my 2 year old daughter, Sofia, as one of her christmas presents.
It says its not suitable for children under 36 months but Sofia has been fine with it, she had just turned 2 when she got it.
Sofia loves playing with dolls, she has about 4 different ones and loves them all, but I chose this doll because all her other dolls have pale skin and blue eyes so I wanted to find one that looks more like her, Sofia herself has brown eyes and a darker complexion so this doll seemed perfect.
It was from early learning centre and cost £10, its also in a '2 for £15' deal so I think it's a very reasonable price.
There are 3 other dolls in this range called 'cup cake lil cutesies' the others are called Mimi, Bibi and Lulu.
It's a good size for toddlers, it is 22cm tall so its not too big for her to carry around with her. It's quite a cute looking doll, it has a pink bow on its head that cannot be removed, and a pink outfit that can be removed, much to Sofia's delight! She loves taking the clothes off all her dolls and gets frustrated if they have an outfit that is sewn onto the doll. It has moveable arms and legs so its quite easy to put its clothes on and off, although the outfit does fit quite tight.
Sofia really enjoys playing with this doll, she plays with it a lot, she especially likes taking it for walks in her buggy!
Overall, I think this is a really nice little doll at a good price.
I LOVE Kinder eggs, I remember having them when I was younger, & loved collecting the toys that came with them. I now have 2 children who are 6 and 2 and they love them too! My son gets stupidly excited waiting to see what toy is inside! They toys are normally absolute rubbish (I'm sure they used to be much better when I was younger!) they normally end up in the bin after a few days, my daughters toy normally goes straight in the bin as the parts are too small for her! The chocolate is just the best though!
I sometimes buy the small kinder maxi bars, but the chocolate doesn't taste quite as good to me, and my children much prefer the novelty factor of the eggs!
As I'm sure you all know, kinder eggs come wrapped in orange and white foil. They have brown chocolate on the outside and the inside is white, the eggs are hollow with a plastic capsule inside which contains the toy.
I normally get them from tesco or sainsburys for around 75p for a 20g egg, its quite expensive considering you don't get much chocolate for that price! I have seen them in poundland before though, a pack of 3 for £1 so that's a good deal! Also you can get 100g ones around easter time for about £5. I might treat myself to one this easter!